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Women's Hoops Faces Marist for MAAC Championship
March 6, 2011
FAST TRACK TO THE GREYHOUNDS
Junior guard Miriam McKenzie put in a lay up with just 38 seconds to go and graduate student guard Erica DiClemente knocked down two free throws as Loyola defeated Manhattan, 60-57, in the semifinal round of the 2010-2011 Spark Energy MAAC Championships.
This was the second consecutive game that McKenzie's late-game heroics helped the Greyhounds advance in the tournament.
In the quarterfinals, McKenzie hit a buzzer-beater shot to send the game into overtime and Loyola went on to defeat Canisius, 68-53, for its third overtime win of the season.
Loyola has entered the MAAC Tournament as the second seed only one other time in program history.
The only other time the Greyhounds were seeded second was in 1994, when Loyola won its first MAAC Championship and advanced to a first-round appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
The Greyhounds have appeared in six MAAC Championship Games with their only wins coming in 1994 and 1995.
Loyola needs just one more win to tie the program's single-season win record, set during the 1998-1999 season when the Greyhounds won 21 games.
Sophomore guard Katie Sheahin was named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year as announced at the conference's annual Awards Reception.
Three Greyhounds also earned post season accolades: McKenzie was named to the All-MAAC First Team while both Sheahin and DiClemente were named to the All-MAAC Second Team.
Graduate student Erica DiClemente now holds the record for games played, appearing in 127 games over her five years at Loyola.
DiClemente has scored 1087 points and is now 10th on Loyola's All-Time scoring list.
Junior guard Miriam McKenzie is just five points away from the 1,000 mark in her career.
Loyola in MAAC Championship Games
Today is the sixth appearance for the Greyhounds in the MAAC Championship Game. Loyola has a 2-3 record in MAAC title games. Saturday, the Greyhounds made their 12th trip to the MAAC Semifinals in their 22nd year as a member. Loyola improved to 6-6 in MAAC Semifinal games after Saturday's 60-57 victory over Manhattan.
Loyola has only entered the MAAC Tournament as the second seed one other time in program history. The only other time the Greyhounds were seeded second was in 1994 when Loyola won its first MAAC Championship and advanced to a First Round appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Coach Logan led the Greyhounds to an appearance in the MAAC title game in 2006, but has never won a conference championship.
Top 5-Most MAAC Championship Appearances
The Greyhounds have appeared in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship Game six times. With six appearances in the finals, Loyola has appeared in the fourth most Championship games out of all 10 programs in the conference.
Series History vs. Marist
Marist leads the series, 26-13. The Red Foxes swept the series against the Greyhounds last season and have won the last eight meetings between the two teams. The last time Loyola defeated the Marist was at home in 2008 with a score 62-55. Marist won both games against Loyola during the regular season this year.
In the first game of this year's series, the Red Foxes defeated the Greyhounds, 59-43, at Reitz Arena and in the second game, Loyola lost on the road by just 10 points, 62-52,
Junior Miriam McKenzie had a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds as the Greyhounds fell to the Red Foxes 62-52 at McCann Field House.
The game was tied at seven early in the first half before Marist went on a 9-0 run that was ended by a McKenzie free throw. The Red Foxes then went on a 4-0 run that was ended by a Walker layup. The Greyhounds struggled to get their shots to drop as Marist went on a 15-5 run to go up 35-15 at the break.
In the second half, the biggest lead for the Red Foxes was 21 points but the Greyhounds finally came within 14 points with shots from DiClemente and Sheahin. McKenzie cut the lead to seven with under two minutes left as she converted a traditional three-point play. Marist made four free throw shots to take an 11-point lead to end the game.
The Red Foxes were led by Erica Allenspach, who scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Corielle Yarde also added 14 points.
Last Time Out
Junior guard Miriam McKenzie hit her second straight late-game basket to put the Greyhounds up, 48-47, with just 38 seconds left, and the Loyola went on to defeat the Manhattan Jaspers in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Semifinals, 60-57.
McKenzie once again pulled through late in the game for the Greyhounds, driving through the paint for the go-ahead lay-up with just 38 seconds left, to put Loyola up by one. After scoring six straight points for Manhattan, Wentworth missed a jumper on the following possession forcing the Jaspers to foul for another opportunity to get the ball back. The Greyhounds' graduate student guard Erica DiClemente knocked down two free throws to extend Loyola's lead to three with 11 seconds to go to seal the victory.
Loyola hit the first basket of the game as McKenzie drove the baseline for a reverse lay-up to put the Greyhounds up 2-0. Manhattan senior guard Abby Wentworth scored five straight and freshman guard Monica Roeder swished a three from the top of the arc to put the Jaspers ahead by two with 12:47 left to go. Over the next four minutes of the half, Loyola's backcourt took over as McKenzie and Sheahin combined for a 10-2 run that put the Greyhounds out in front, 18-12, for their largest lead. Over the next 5:46, Roeder single-handedly erased the Loyola advantage as she scored her third straight basket to put the Jaspers in front for the first time since the 12:38 mark. Manhattan outscored the Greyhounds 10 to 1 over the final 6:07 of half to go into the break with a 22-19 advantage.
Loyola was led by McKenzie, who scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Sheahin added 16 points, six rebounds, three blocks and three steals for the Greyhounds.
Sheahin Is Loyola's First Defensive Player of the Year
Sophomore guard Katie Sheahin was named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year as announced at the conference's annual Awards Reception. She was one of five women's major award winners announced at the event held at Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard on the eve of the 2011 Spark Energy MAAC Championship.
Sheahin had seven takeaways in three games during the season as she led the conference with 110 steals. She also registered 1.1 blocks a game and grabbed an average of 5.8 rebounds. Sheahin was named MAAC Player of the Week two times this season by the conference and is the first-ever Loyola University Maryland women's basketball player to win MAAC Defensive Player of the Year.
Not Your Average Joe
Head Coach Joe Logan needs only five more victories to become Loyola's all-time winningest head. Coach Logan, the 11th head women's basketball coach, is the second-winningest head coach on Loyola's all-time coaching register with a record of 95-86. He trails former Greyhounds coach Pat Coyle, who amassed 100 wins during her seven-year tenure at Loyola.
Logan served as an assistant under Coyle from 1997-1999 and remained on staff for two more years under Cindy Griffin from 1999-2001. In his first year as an assistant under Coyle (1998-1999), Logan was part of the second of back-to-back seasons with 13-5 conference records. In his final season as an assistant, Loyola went 21-7 overall and 13-5 in the MAAC. The 21 wins set a new program record for wins in a single season, while the 13-5 MAAC record matched the record for most conference wins.
This year, Logan coached the Greyhounds to nine straight victories for only the second time in program history, matching the previous record set by the 1993-1994 women's basketball team for consecutive wins. This year's team finished 15-3 in the conference, the most conference wins in the regular season for either a men's or women's team in Loyola basketball history.
In his six years at the helm of the Loyola University Maryland women's basketball program, Logan has had seven players that have received All-MAAC team honors. Three players have been named to the All-MAAC first team: Lauren Troupe (2006), current assistant coach Jill Glessner (2007) and junior guard Miriam McKenzie earned the honor for a second time this season (2010, 2011). Two players have earned All-MAAC Second team honors as graduate student guard Erica DiClemente and sophomore guard Katie Sheahin were selected for the honor this season. Two players have also been named All-MAAC Third Team during Logan's tenure: Krystle Harrington (2006) and Vika Sholokhova (2007).
After being named to the MAAC All-Rookie team her freshman year, DiClemente earned her second accolade from the conference as she was named to the All-MAAC Second Team following this season. Sophomore guard Katie Sheahin was also named to the MAAC All-Rookie team following her freshman season at Loyola. This season, she was an All-MAAC Second Team selection, receiving a conference accolade in both of her first two seasons. Junior guard Miriam McKenzie also received recognition from the conference for the second time in her career, earning a spot on the All-MAAC First Team in back-to-back years. The trio are the first Loyola players under Coach Logan to be recognized more than once in their career.
Catching The Leaders
Loyola finished the regular season with an overall record of 18-11, the most regular-season wins since 2005-2006. The Greyhounds are just one win shy of matching the most wins during a season in program history. There have only been four women's basketball teams to win 20 or more games at Loyola. In 1994-1995, the Greyhounds went 20-9 under Coach Patty Coyle to become the first team to hit the 20-win milestone and just three years later, in 1997-1998, Loyola repeated the task going 20-9 overall. In 1998-1999, current Head Coach Joe Logan served his first year as an assistant under Coach Coyle and played a role in the Greyhounds' most successful season in program history as Loyola finished with a record of 21-9. In 2005-2006, Coach Logan's first year as head coach of the Loyola women's basketball team, he went 20-10 to accomplish only the fourth season with 20 or more wins.
Tolley Cleans Up On The Glass
Senior forward Meredith Tolley has corralled 549 rebounds and is now 16th on the all-time rebounding list. She has grabbed 169 rebounds in this season alone.
Krusen-in Through Her First Year
Freshman guard Nicole Krusen entered Loyola with the reputation of being a sharp shooter and the newcomer lived up to the expectations in the first game of the season. She knocked down 2-of-3 from long distance, made 3-of-5 field goals and was a perfect 2-of-2 from the foul line in her collegiate debut against nationally ranked West Virginia on November 12. The freshman has been a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe in her first year as a Greyhound.
Out with the Old in with the New
Sophomore guard Katie Sheahin had 11 assists in the Greyhounds' victory over Mount St. Mary's on December 12, matching a 14-year-old single-game assist record set by Corey Hewitt against South Carolina on December 29, 1996. Sheahin also knocked down 11 points in the contest and collected her first double-double of the season. While the sophomore has been busy dishing out passes to her teammates on the offensive end, she has also been one of the Greyhounds' toughest defensive players. Sheahin leads the MAAC this season with 113 takeaways. She has had seven steals three times this season and holds the season record in the MAAC for most steals in a game. Manhattan's Abby Wentworth is the only other player in the conference with seven steals in a game, however she was only able to complete the task once this season.
Through Friday's games, Sheahin is tied with Oral Robert's Kevi Luper, as each had 3.7 steals per game. Heading into the MAAC Tournament, Sheahin has already surpassed a 22-year-old record for steals in season set by Lori Schenning, who had 75 steals in 1989-1999. In only her second year at Loyola, Sheahin has already collected 160 steals and is just 86 shy of the program record. The current record was set by Schenning, who had 250 steals during her four years on the Greyhounds' women's basketball team.
McKenzie had her ninth double-double of the season, scoring 19 points and collecting 12 rebounds, while Sheahin added 17, including six points in overtime. In Loyola's thrilling come-from-behind victory over Iona on February 25, Sheahin and McKenzie combined for a total of 51 points in the game.
Sheahin set a new career-high, scoring 28 points as she made 10-of-19 field goals and was nearly perfect hitting 6-of-7 free throws. She grabbed seven rebounds, had six assists, four steals, and a block despite playing just 33 of the game's 45 minutes. The sophomore forced the game into extra time as she took the ball coast-to-coast for a lay-up with 17 seconds left and converted two clutch free-throws to tie the game at 71-71 with 8.2 seconds remaining.
McKenzie kept pace with her counterpart's performance as she matched her career-high with 23 for the third time in 13 days. For the second consecutive game, the Greyhounds had to overcome a double-digit deficit during their 83-80 overtime victory at Iona. The previous Monday, the Greyhounds fought back from a 14-point deficit to beat Manhattan, 60-45.
Tolley Tops The Triples
Senior forward Meredith Tolley has made 145 of her three-point shots during her career at Loyola. She is now the all-time leader for three-point field goals made and holds the career record for three-point field goals attempted as she currently has 440 attempts over her career. Tolley has 44 three-pointers so far this season and had made two or more, shooting an impressive 41 percent, in five straight games. She had a season-high four three-pointers against Saint Peter's College on February 6. The senior has also had at least one three-pointer in all but five games. She has been perfect from long range three different times this season . Tolley hit two big shots from beyond the arc and finished with 11 points to help the Greyhounds overcome a 14-point deficit on February 19 against Manhattan. She has made three-of-six three-pointers in the tournament so far.
Sutherland Sparks Comeback
Sophomore forward Alyssa Sutherland recorded the first double-double of her career in the Greyhounds' dramatic comeback victory over Manhattan, 60-45, on February 19. Sutherland, who scored the first eight points of the second half and 11 straight going back to the final sequence of the first half, ignited a 24-4 run that spanned both halves and helped the Greyhounds turn a 14-point deficit into a three-point lead over the Jaspers. She finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds, made 6 of 10 field goals and was also four of five from the line, setting new career-highs in six categories. Sutherland has made 68 of 146 field-goal attempts this season and has the top shooting percentage on the team (.466). She is fifth in scoring on the team with an average of 6.3 points per game, fourth in rebounds with an average of 4.1 per game and second on the team in steals with 51.
Walker Saves The Day
Junior guard Candice Walker rattled in a 12-foot jumper for her only basket of the game with 18.3 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Greyhounds a 67-64 MAAC home victory over Siena on February 12. She also had a crucial steal in Loyola's win over Iona. Walker stole the ball in the backcourt and passed it to McKenzie, who converted a traditional three-point play to put the Greyhounds within three,70-67, with just over a minute left. The play set Loyola up to tie score at the end of regulation and the Greyhounds outscored the Gaels 19-4 in overtime to win the game.
Never Say Never
The Greyhounds' overtime victory at Iona on February 25 gave Loyola its 15th conference win of the year, the most-ever conference wins by a men's or women's team in school history. Coach Logan has been part of three of the four Loyola teams that have won 13 conference games or more. The Greyhounds went 13-5 in back-to-back seasons in 1997-1998 and 1998-1999. Coach Logan served as an assistant coach under Pat Coyle, in 1998-1999, when the Greyhounds went 13-5 for the second consecutive season. In his first year as head coach of the women's basketball team at Loyola, Logan went 13-5 and this year he led the Greyhounds to 15 regular season conference wins to add the third and fourth seasons with 13-plus conference wins.
In Good Company
With a win over Fairfield on February 19, the current Loyola women's basketball team became the seventh women's basketball team in program history to win seven or more consecutive games. The Greyhounds had three back-to-back seasons with seven consecutive wins from 1976-1979 and two more from 1997-1999, which also occured in back-to-back years. The win over Iona tied the 1993-1994 Loyola women's basketball team that won nine straight games before falling to Virginia in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
Loyola has swept the conference series against six of its MAAC opponents this season, only falling to Saint Peter's College and Marist. On February 19, Loyola beat Fairfield, 70-56, to sweep the series against the Stags for just the second time in school history. The last time the Greyhounds swept the series against Fairfield was the 1995-1996 season. Before this season, Loyola had lost seven straight games in the series to the Stags.
The Big Three
The Greyhounds are the only team in the MAAC to have three players scoring in double figures. The "big three" are led by junior Miriam McKenzie, the team's leading scorer, who averages 14.5 points per game. McKenzie scored a career-high 23 points three times in just 13 days in February. She scored her career-high for the first time on February 12 to help the Greyhounds to an overtime victory against Siena and matched that performance February 19, at Fairfield. Her final 23-point performance came in Loyola's second overtime game of the season against Iona. Sophomore guard Katie Sheahin and graduate student Erica DiClemente are not far behind McKenzie as Sheahin averages 12.2 points per game and DiClemente rounds out the group with 11.6 points per game.
DiClemente Climbs The Charts
Graduate student Erica DiClemente surpassed the 1,000-point barrier with a lay-up at the 18:51 mark of the Greyhounds' game against Siena. DiClemente became the 18th player in Loyola women's basketball history to score 1,000 points and is now in 10th place on Loyola's all-time scoring chart with 1,087.
Reaching New Heights
Loyola matched new season-high marks for assists and blocked shots against Niagara on February 14. The Greyhounds swatted away seven of the Purple Eagles' shots and had 19 assists on 24 baskets to match the previous season-high marks set in both categories against Mount St. Mary's on December 11.
Greyhounds Rackin' Up The Honors
For the second time this season, junior guard Miriam McKenzie was named MAAC Player of the Week by the conference on February 14. McKenzie tied her career-high of 23 points to go along with 10 rebounds in the Greyhounds' overtime win against Siena on Saturday, February 12. This is the fifth time the conference selected a Loyola player for the MAAC weekly award, putting the Greyhounds in the lead for conference honors this season.
Loyola's best conference start was the 1993-94 and the 1997-98 seasons when the Greyhounds were 6-1. This season, Loyola started off conference play 6-1, before falling to Marist on January 24. The Greyhounds went on to win nine-straight for a program best 15 regular season conference wins and have now won two MAAC Tournament games to combine for 17 wins over conference opponents this season. The next best record for a women's basketball team was in 1993-94, the Greyhounds opened conference 1-1 before finishing with a 12-2 regular-season MAAC record and winning three straight games in the conference tournament to finish with a combined 15 conference wins.
McKenzie Honored By MAAC
Miriam McKenzie was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced January 24. McKenzie had a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds in the win on the road against Siena. She recorded seven points and seven rebounds in the first half. In 37 minutes of play, McKenzie shot 43 percent from the field including 4-of-8 from the three point line. She was also perfect on 6-of-6 shooting from the free-throw line. McKenzie also recorded an assist and a steal in the win. This award was the first for McKenzie this season and the fourth this season for a Loyola player.
Sheahin Named Player of the Week
Katie Sheahin was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced January 3. Sheahin had a double-double for the Greyhounds in the win over Manhattan. She had a career-high 19 points, with 11 coming in the second half, and 10 assists. Against the Jaspers, Sheahin shot six-of-seven from the field including connecting on two three pointers and was five-of-six from the free-throw line. She had seven rebounds, two blocks and three steals. Against UMBC, Sheahin had 15 points with 13 coming in the second half. She also had a career high seven steals against the Retrievers. She shot six-of-12 from the field and two-of-two from the free-throw line. She had three rebounds and three assists.
For the second week in a row, Sheahin was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week as announced by the conference office on January 10. Sheahin recorded 34 points, 11 steals, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Greyhounds in wins over Rider and Canisius during the first week in January. The Greyhounds played at Rider in their first game of the week and Sheahin scored 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds with six steals. After only chipping in four points in the first 20 minutes, Sheahin accounted for 16 of her 20 points in the second half of the game. She shot 80 percent from the free-throw line on four-of-five shooting and was a perfect two-of-two from the three-point line. At Reitz Arena against Canisius, she had 14 points, five steals and five assists. Sheahin shot 75 percent from the free-throw line.
Erica DiClemente was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week it was announced on December 13th. She scored 23 points in consecutive games against then-No. 22 Maryland and Mount St. Mary's. She set career-highs in points in the process. She shot 9-of-15 from the field against the Mount and led the Greyhounds to a 74-58 victory. She scored 15 of her points in the first half and finished the game 5-of-8 from behind the 3-point line. She led Loyola with a season-high eight rebounds versus the Mountaineers. Against Maryland, she made 7-of-14 field goal attempts and knocked down 4-of-6 threes. She tallied 15 of her points after halftime against Maryland. In her five years at Loyola, this was the first time DiClemente has received this award.
Junior First Team
Junior guard Miriam McKenzie was named to the preseason All-MAAC First Team after earning All-MAAC First Team honors last season. She played in and started all 30 games, averaging 33.7 minutes a game and scoring 501 points, an average of 16.7 a game. She had 85 assists, 228 rebounds, 11 blocks and 35 steals.
All-Rookie to All-Conference
Sophomore Katie Sheahin was named to the preseason All-MAAC Third Team after earning MAAC All-Rookie Team honors as a freshman. She played in 24 games in her first year as a Greyhound, averaging 28.0 minutes a game and scoring 211 points, an average of 8.8 per contest. She shot 70-percent from the free throw line and had 110 rebounds. She also chipped in 41 assists, 21 blocks and 51 steals.
Loyola was picked to finish third as voted by the preseason poll, however the Greyhounds not only lived up to the lofty expectations, they improved to a second-place finish after a program best 15-3 record in conference play this season.
14-16, 9-9 Last Season
Last season, the Greyhounds were 14-16 and 9-9 in the conference after losing to Fairfield 70-66 in the quarterfinal round of the 2010 Citizens Bank Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships at the Times Union Center, in Albany, N.Y. Miriam McKenzie led the way for Loyola last season averaging 16.7 points per game while playing an average of 33.7 minutes a game. She also led in rebounds having 228, an average of 7.6. Erica DiClemente averaged 10.7 points per game playing in a total of 1,029 minutes a game. She averaged 5.0 rebounds a game and shot 77-percent for the free-throw line.